Written by on June 7th, 2017

Until recently, reading glasses and contact lenses were the only options for those with sight-related troubles. However, times have changed. Today, those people can turn to the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay – the world’s first cornea-shaped inlay. This procedure drastically improves near vision, taking away a need for reading glasses. Furthermore, Raindrop may be combined with LASIK to improve both near and distance vision simultaneously. But does it work? And who is the procedure right for?

What is Raindrop?

The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure is relatively new, but has made immense strides in the vision industry. Patients across the country enjoy its benefits. The operation aims to reduce or fully eliminate the need for reading glasses in older patients.

The inlay is a relatively small, completely transparent disc, about the size of a pinhead, that is inserted under the cornea. The procedure is completely painless. The inlay works by ensuring that the cornea is just a tad steeper, thus allowing near and intermediate vision without affecting distance vision. You will not feel the inlay whatsoever, and it is completely invisible to the naked eye. Only a microscope owned by your eye specialist may examine, or even see, the inlay.

How Long is the Procedure?

The outpatient procedure takes just 10 minutes, and patients may return to their normal activities the very same day. In most cases, the operation is performed in an office surgical suite, not at the hospital or local surgery center.

Furthermore, you can expect a short recovery period. Most patients can see and read the very next day — without their reading glasses!

Who Should Consider Raindrop?

Most people who suffer from age-related vision loss, especially near vision (or presbyopia), start needing reading glasses in their 40s or early 50s. This is normal. Of course, not everyone wants to have to find their reading glasses to enjoy their book or morning paper.

If you recognize this scenario, then the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure could be a perfect choice for you. Anyone who requires glasses to use a mobile phone, read the fine print, or do close-up work is a potential candidate for this procedure. Of course, you’ll need to schedule a consultation first to determine whether you’re the right fit for the procedure.

What is Presbyopia?

You may not have heard the term “presbyopia” before, and that’s okay. Basically, presbyopia is the gradual loss of near vision that occurs to everyone as they age. We often lose the ability to focus on objects or texts that are too close to us. Most people end up visiting an eye doctor, sometimes for the first time, in their 40’s. There, they receive corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses. Presbyopia becomes most problematic when we try to switch our visual focus from close objects to far objects.

Does it Work?

Most patients want to know whether the Raindrop procedure works! That’s the number-one consultation visit question.

The most basic answer is yes. Patients will notice an immediate improvement in their vision within the first week. Their eyesight will continue to improve for several weeks after the procedure. Patients will need to administer eye drops for several months afterward to promote proper healing and comfort. After a few weeks, they won’t need reading glasses whatsoever.

Who May Perform the Raindrop Surgery?

The Raindrop procedure is still relatively new. The technology is changing and the procedure is evolving. With this in mind, you probably want to know who will perform the operation. Raindrop surgeons are carefully selected, well-trained eye specialists from across the nation. These individuals are known for their expertise and experience.

Most doctors performing the Raindrop procedure are known for their LASIK experience. Many have been performing laser eye surgery operations for decades at this point. You can rest easy knowing that the individual correcting your near vision is experienced, professional, and has your best interests in mind. The procedure is designed with your comfort and improvement as its central goal.

Contact Us

If you’re ready to take advantage of the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure, contact Your Eye Specialists today at 954-452-9922. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the procedure. Give us a call today!